STORY: Rescue teams recovered the bodies of 17 people, including an infant, and 25 people were rescued, Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis told a news conference. Davis said authorities believe they were on a speedboat heading for Miami.
"It is believed that the vessel capsized in rough seas," he said.
Up to 60 people may have been on board and more people were presumed missing, Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander said.
Bahamian authorities said that two people were taken into custody, both from Bahamas, over the suspected human smuggling operation. All those on board recovered alive or dead or who were still missing were believed to be migrants from Haiti.
The Bahamas police said the boat capsized some 7 miles (11 kilometers) off the island of New Providence.